There’s still time to pre-order your copy of the official matchday programme for this Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace, featuring an exclusive chat with Thiago Silva.
Although supporters aren’t able to come to Stamford Bridge in person for our second home league fixture of the new season, you can still enjoy one part of your usual matchday experience, as you can have the programme posted to your doorstep.For our first programme of the season, Timo Werner was the lead interview and in this issue it’s another new signing, as Thiago Silva talks us through his early experiences in England and also the big moments in his career to date.The Brazilian centre-back captained the Blues in the 3-3 draw with West Bromwich Albion on his Premier League debut and despite a difficult start to his English top-flight career, the 36-year-old made it clear he only has success on his mind.
‘I’m not here just to go through the motions, or just for the experience – I’m here to win,’ he told us.
‘I want everyone to be very clear about that: I’m going to give my all to make sure that Chelsea win.‘I didn’t come here to dine out in London or visit the tourist sites. I came to play football, to work, and that’s what I’m preparing for. I’m certain, with the group of players we’ve got and a coach who’s a natural leader, that we’ll be in the fight for every piece of silverware going this year.’Blues head coach Frank Lampard and captain Cesar Azpilicueta both talk you through recent goings on in their usual columns and there is also the chance to hear from the newest member of Frank Lampard’s coaching staff, as we catch up with Anthony Barry.
Of course, they aren’t the only columnists in this programme: Women’s manager Emma Hayes, development squad head coach Andy Myers and Under-18s head coach Ed Brand are on hand to talk you through what’s happening elsewhere at the club.On top of that, Gus Poyet takes us back 21 years to share his memories of an incredible 5-0 victory over Manchester United shortly after they’d been crowned European champions.That’s the headline feature of our new-look historical section which also includes an autograph-hunting special in the latest instalment of The Vault, while Bobby Tambling’s years away from the Bridge get the Deep Dive treatment and club historian Rick Glanvill moves on to Chelsea Village in his epic story of Stamford Bridge in the series Brick by Brick.You can order your copy of the Crystal Palace programme for £3.50 (plus P&P) from our programme partner Reach Sport. Alternatively to get the best value, subscribe now for £80 (including P&P for UK customers). This guarantees every men’s team home programme – including Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup – from the 2020/21 season will be delivered to your door.* Please note programme delivery is subject to Royal Mail, not guaranteed for matchday